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on capitol hill, and jeffrey toobin is in new york for us. as we wait, wolf, let's start with you. is this, in fact, a turning point for guns in america? do you think we'll hear anything like that in this press conference? >> i know a lot of attitudes have hardened as a result of what has happened over the past week in newtown, connecticut. you were there, i was there, and people all over the country and all over the world are outraged by the horrible nature of that massacre that occurred at the elementary school. >> here he is, wolf. sorry to cut you off. here he is. let's listen. >> good morning. i'm dave keene, president of the national rifle association of america, and i'd like to welcome you here this morning for the purposes of beginning our discussion of the topic that's been on the minds of american parents across this country, and that is what do we do about the tragedies of the sort that struck in newtown, connecticut, to avoid such events in the future. like most americans, we were shocked by what happened. like all americans, we've been discussing all of the various options tha
home. she was sun someone who liked to garden and play a dice came called bunko. don lemon joining us now. you spoke with four of her friends about her personality, her approach to motherhood. standing by to get that information from don. don has been working the story and connect with don as soon as we can. as we watch all of these developments unfold, you and i have been here now for a couple of days, irgot to tell you doesn't get easier, but more painful by the hour as we learn details of the six adults, all women, 20 kids, first graders, ages 6 and 7 who were killed. >> just yesterday all the names were released by police. you go down the list, you see the names and the ages, 6 years old, 7 years old, just person after person, child after child, it is still just so hard to understand. we are learning about each person killed. one person you may be familiar with is emilie parker, just 6 years old. her father, robert, spoke publicly last night, one of the only parents to have come forward to speak publicly after this tragedy. here is some of what he said. >> emilie was a noerpt her
an excellent job briefing us. he is being very precise on all of the details, he doesn't want to get ahead of the information that they have and so far, i have been very impressed. >> yes, ma'am to that point, they asked about nancy lanza, he says i don't know which gun she was shot with but does know it was the bushmaster the one used in the school, very specific and very careful so we know what we are getting is right. we are learning some new details about how the victims died and the ongoing investigation this afternoon. here is what we know right now. wolf, police say crime scene investigators wrapping up work in the parking lot of the sandy hook elementary school. work continues inside the school and as you just heard lieutenant vance talking about, there were three guns found next to the body of the suspected gunsman, 20-year-old adam lanza, he killed himself with the handgun and used the bushmaster ar 15 to shoot his victims. the semiautomatic rifle really was the main weapon used. we have also used that the 20 children killed inside the school were shot multiple times, every singl
having problems, including adam lanza but says he never thought of lanza as a threat. ashleigh, tell us about the emotion that you are seeing. obviously, a lot of people who are -- they are burying their dead. at same time, trying to move on and give their other children a sense of hope in this community. >> one of the things i've been noticing surrounding communities, people from surrounding communities have been coming here to pay their respects, just to be a part of it somehow, show they are with the people of newtown and they support them in their grief. it's almost unbelievable the number of people with tears in their eyes just walking down the street. you can't walk anywhere near i am without encountering someone with a child or two adults walking hand in hand, crying, because they've just dropped off flags or teddy bears or candles or origami or some christmas ornament with the name of a child. we all know it's okay to be walking done street crying. everyone seems to understand. that's what this is all. and i just want to let you know also, there's a cafe i've been frequenting an
as a threat. ashleigh, tell us about the emotion that you are seeing. obviously, a lot of people who are -- they are burying their dead. at same time, trying to move on and give their other children a sense of hope in this community. >> one of the things i've been noticing surrounding communities, people from surrounding communities have been coming here to pay their respects, just to be a part of it somehow, show they are with the people of newtown and they support them in their grief. it's almost unbelievable the number of people with tears in their eyes just walking down the street. you can't walk anywhere near i am without encountering someone with a child or two adults walking hand in hand, crying, because they've just dropped off flags or teddy bears or candles or origami or some christmas ornament with the name of a child. we all know it's okay to be walking done street crying. everyone seems to understand. that's what this is all. and i just want to let you know also, there's a cafe i've been frequenting and working in, and i went up to buy a companyl)r o coffee and the woman
massacre that's attracting a lot of attention this morning. >>> thousands of dockworkers could put the u.s. economy at risk if they go on strike on sunday. we'll take you inside the crisis some are calling the container cliff. >>> and sea world taking its water act all the way to wall street. why investors could soon own a peace of shamu. "newsroom" starts right now. good morning. i'm victor blackwell. carol has the morning off. with the nation still reeling from the shooting massacre in newtown, connecticut, and engaged in a national debate on gun control, chicago suffered a grim milestone last night, a man was killed in a shooting on chicago's dangerous west side. this scene marks chicago's 500th homicide this year alone. that's up more than 50 from last year. now when we're researching this story this morning, one statistic really jumped out at us. in the past five years, 270 children have been killed by gun violence in chicago. on top of that, there have been dozens of other people injured. cnn's ted rowlands rode along with two chicago police officers earlier this year to get a firsth
regime, the threat of chemical weapons. the u.s. rushes to protect an ally that shares a border with syria. >>> susan rice bows out. john kerry gets a lot of buzz. who will be the next secretary of state. >>> it works like a printer and plastic parts. some worry it will make plastic guns. ♪ we've been in the sky for our love ♪ -- >> what's up? how are you doing? >> imagine that, what would you do if stevie wonder walked into your recording session. c "en newsroom" starts right now. good morning, everyone, from washington, i'm don lemon. carol is off today. we begin this hour with spiraling concerns over syria and a desperate regime trying to hold on to power. this morning, washington announces it's deploying two patriot missile batteries and 400 troops to our nato ally turkey. it will bolster defenses to syria against its scud missiles and possible chemical weapons. >> it's a challenging time. it's a challenging time. it's a critical time. we just announced, just announced this morning that we are deploying two patriot batteries here to turkey, along with the troops that are
is telling us that, in fact, more weapons were found at the mother's home. now, they are doing complete traces on those weapons. they are not saying they are directly related to the shooting. but it is providing more of a picture about how everything happened. we have, however, learned from our sources about the three additional weapons that were found at the home. appear to be found there. and they are all rifles. all rifles. these are in addition to the three weapons that we've already told you about in the last couple of days. two handguns, a glock and a sig sauer. as well as that semiautomatic known as a bushmaster. now, authorities tell us, our sources tell us, those three weapons were, in fact, found next to the shooter's body at the school. one was not in one of the vehicles outside, but all three were with him. they also do know which one he used to kill himself, according to our sources. but they're not ready to reveal that yet, because they consider it an important part of the investigation. also at a news conference today, the medical examiner explained how vicious the attack
of tragedy they're feeling. these are some of the folks this is what they're telling us. i want to bring them in. >> you've been crying. >> yes. >> is it because of what you saw? >> no, they wouldn't even let us in the building. all i can say is that one of the cops that, you know, the worst thing he had ever seen in his entire career, but it was when they told the parents, all the parents were waiting for their children to come out, they thought they were, you know, still alive. and there is 20 parents that were just told their children are dead. it was awful. >> and you were unable to do anything. >> right. we knew at one point they asked the ambulances to leave, that they didn't need them and we knew that wasn't a good sign. >>> i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we're continuing our breaking news coverage of a dramatic, horrific story, unfortunately, unfolding in connecticut right now. in newtown, connecticut, at a small elementary school. the sandy hook elementary school. for those of you who are just tuning in, we are now getting numbers, our own john king reporting, quoting law enforcemen
was liberated a week ago. the regime surrounded it completely, cutting us off from the world no one was allowed in or out. even water and bread were cut off. we're able to reach an aid organization and able to obtain dough. >> they were able to open one of the town's bakeries around 1:00 p.m. and the rocket struck hours later. as nearby hospitals quickly filled up, activists began pleading for help. >> now, as more and more rebel groups promise retaliation for this attack, fears mount in syria, which has already claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people will only get worse. mohammed jamjoon, cnn beirut. >>> the question looming over the quiet capitol, is congress ready to plunge over the fiscal cliff? earlier i spoke with brianna keeler, i asked her what might happen as the holiday week rolls on? >> well, there's one sort of last ditch effort possibility here, don, and that is when the senate reconvenes on the 27th, it's possible that either they could try to pass something and sort of force it on the house or it's possible that they could take a bill that they've already passed back in july
on capitol hill could lead to higher taxes for almost all of us. the house votes today on speaker john boehner's backup proposal to avoid the automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to take in effect just 12 days from now. president obama is threatening to veto that plan. a new cnn/orc poll reflects the concern among americans if the two sides do not reach a deal. 20% say going over the so-called fiscal cliff would lead to a crisis. 50% say it would cause major problems. dana bash is on capitol hill following this. i understand you have two lawmakers who are going to be votes on speaker boehner's plan b. how do they feel about this? >> we're steps off the house floor where the vote will take place later on today and i'm with congressman steve sutherland of florida and john fleming of louisiana. both of they see men are going to vote against your leader, against the speaker on this. why? >> well, we have great concerns that this doesn't go far enough to really solve the problems that we face. i would lean no yesterday. nothing that i've seen today really changes me wanting to go t
on his way down the hallway. the school psychologist, mary sherlach was killed. >> what can you tell us about the reaction of some of the teachers and protecting their children? >> i think everybody does what they have to do when they are confronted with a situation like that and everybody -- you know, we practice it and they knew what to do and you just -- you think about protecting the kids and just doing the right thing. >> how have you practiced this? >> we have lockdown drills. i don't remember how many but you have to have a certain amount evacuation drills and lockdown drills. so the kids know the routine and everyone has a spot in the room that they are to go to. >> can you describe that spot? >> in the library it's a bookcase up against the wall. we had to move out of the spot because one of our doors was not locked. we went into the back storage room. >> how close were you? >> we were this close together. there was crayons and paper in the storage room in the back and we tore some up and gave them clip boards and had them color. >> who was with you? were you alone? >> there we
of touch. give us a behind-the-scenes look at who he is and how he relates to people. >> reporter: well, senator kerry is a statesman, a man who has been working in washington for so many years that it is easy to paint a caricature of him that way. he is a man who has developed a relationship with president obama which is what's meaningful today and here at the white hou house. he is, as kate pointed out, was dispatched by the president not just two times or a number of times during foreign sort of mini crises, but very, very delicate situations and he has successfully eased the way when he went with, for example, to afghanistan to talk to president hamid scar karzai, to encourage to run for a runoff election and he got it done. the president has seen him demonstrate his abilities as a diplomat and of course, in the debate prep with president obama, he played mitt romney during this most recent round of debate preps. it didn't start out so well, as we know, but it ended well for the president and they had a strong connection and the president in the end thought that, you know, he came t
the united states as we speak. and all of this just as millions of us are packing our bags and planning to travel to see our families for the holidays. much of the midwest looks like this. three screens for you. some people could be stuck in up to a foot of snow. half dozen states across the midwest from nebraska to minnesota and wisconsin all under blizzard warnings right now. in iowa, tens of thousands of people have already without power. this storm is not just hitting the midwest, it's unleashing a chain reaction of extreme weather even farther south, as well. i want to take you down to texas. take a look at this. this is not what you usually see from the tower cams in texas. the intense winds stirred up a major dust storm there. and this caused a 23-vehicle pile-up. one person was killed, and at least seven people sent to the hospital because of this. in alabama, not far away, the storm system spun off at least one tornado near mobile. and that damaged homes, as well, and brought down power lines there. as i mentioned, all of this could not come at a worse time. this is one of the
that he stood up and did something to make us all feel better today. >> former marine, a dad, doing what's right, doing his duty. >>> hello, everyone. don lemon here, top of the hour. you're in the cnn "newsroom." >>> a senior navy s.e.a.l. officer dead in afghanistan. commander job w. price, leader of s.e.a.l. team 4 was found dead yesterday by members of his unit. the initial conclusion is that price committed suicide. the navy's investigating. stay with cnn for more details from our pentagon correspondent in just a minute. >>> more than 100 people were killed in syria today. civilians doing nothing more than waiting in line for bread. witnesses say a syrian military aircraft dropped bombs on this small village and hit a bakery where scores of people were gathered trying to get desperately-needed food. witnesses say the hospitals cannot handle all the casualties. >>> the people of egypt give a thumbs up to a new constitution drawn up by the country's most islamist assembly. this weekend was the second round of a nationwide referendum. the new constitution adjusts the leadership positio
. >>> good morning, i'm carol costello. jobless claims fall to a four-year low. alison kosik joins us from the new york stock exchange to tell us more. >> this winds up being a big improvement for jobless claims number falling 12,000 last week to 350,000, and what that means is that the level now is close to the lowest level since the early part of the recession, so it really shows these layoffs are slowing. something interesting has been happening in the past several weeks. the claims numbers have spiked, and then have slowly been settling down and that was mostly because of superstorm sandy. so today with the level at this more palatable sort of level at 350,000 the big question is will today be just a blip or will this be the beginning of a trend, and that's what you really want to see. you want to see the level of layoffs continuing to at least stay the same and obviously you want to see them come down but at the same time you also want to see hiring happening and that's where that government jobs report that we focus on once a month, that's where that comes into play. we're going to g
it completely, cutting us off from the world no one was allowed in or out. even water and bread were cut off. we're able to reach an aid organization and able to obtain dough. >> they were able to open one of the town's bakeries around 1:00 p.m. and the rocket struck hours later. as nearby hospitals quickly filled up, activists began pleading for help. >> now, as more and more rebel groups promise retaliation for this attack, fears mount in syria, which has already claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people will only get worse. mohammed jamjoon, cnn beirut. >>> the question looming over the quiet capitol, is congress ready to plunge over the fiscal cliff? earlier i spoke with brianna keeler, i asked her what might happen as the holiday week rolls on? >> well, there's one sort of last ditch effort possibility here, don, and that is when the senate reconvenes on the 27th, it's possible that either they could try to pass something and sort of force it on the house or it's possible that they could take a bill that they've already passed back in july with the threshold of those tax hikes being at t
, was in lock down, thank you so much for joining us. as the connecticut community and the nation try to come to grips with this terrible tragedy, we're going to have a lot of the latest developments in the next hour of our special coverage. live from newtown, connecticut, thank you. how they'll live tomo. for more than 116 years, ameriprise financial has worked for their clients' futures. helping millions of americans retire on their terms. when they want. where they want. doing what they want. ameriprise. the strength of a leader in retirement planning. the heart of 10,000 advisors working with you one-to-one. together for your future. ♪ i get congested. but now, with zyrtec-d®, i have the proven allergy relief of zyrtec®, plus a powerful decongestant. zyrtec-d® lets me breath freer, so i can love the air. [ male announcer ] zyrtec-d®. behind the pharmacy counter. no prescription needed. >>> good afternoon, everyone. i'm don lemon. you're watching live special coverage from newtown, connecticut. the scene of that horrific elementary school rampage. >>.live at the cnn center in atlanta
a couple of years ago and through the training, they never used a gun and had a gun in the class. i worry about the training that they have to actually fire the firearm and to use it. without endangering others as well. so there things i'm concerned about, having a concealed weapon on campus of course is -- we have strict policies that relate to that to ensure everyone is safe and a teacher if they violated that policy because they don't want to put others at risk either. >> what about having the weapon in school and having a kid possibly have access to it. that opens the door for accidents. >> absolutely. that's one of the concerns. so our policy is that it has to be concealed and has to be out of sight. you have to have a permit. still a teacher can be overwhelmed by a student and they were carrying a gun. there is definitely -- the safest place is note to have a gun obviously. i can understand on the teacher's side as well that -- and husbands and spouses and teachers who are concerned about the spouse going to school and teachers concerned about themselves and their students. i can un
you for being with us today. i'm carol costello in atlanta. first a small step toward normally in newtown, connecticut. soledad o'brien joins us live. good morning, soledad. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. as you said, classes resume today for most of the kids in this community, so many wrestling with so much heartbreak, all of the newtown schools except for sandy hook elementary will reopen. grief and the fears of returning students an additional concern. police officers will be at every single school and today the town will lay to rest, the grandmother of charlotte bacon says her 6-year-old granddaughter was a bundle of energy who loved dresses and a second, jessica rekos, loved horses, she wrote her own horse stories, excited about a pair of cowgirl boots she was expecting to get for christmas. now to get the latest on the school's reopening this morning, sara endo is here in the heart of newtown with more. >> reporter: they're starting to see a lot of school buses rolling by and in about an hour or two classes will be in session. they all may be anxious about schoo
that adam lanza used in the killings, including a semi automatic rival and it's not clear why she purchased them. brian todd, cnn, washington. >>> well, there is other news as well in washington, house speaker john boehner has agreed to raise taxes on the rich to avert the fiscal cliff. a source tells cnn that boehner has offered to raise tax rates on people making more than $1 million in exchange for entitlement cuts, the white house is still holding to the $250,000 threshold. unless a deal is reached by january 1st, 98% of americans will be hit with a tax increase. >>> egypt's muslim brotherhood declare as narrow victory in the first round of hotly contested constitutional referendum. this is the only first weekend of voting, the rest of the country will vote next weekend. election monitor report some claims of voter intimidation, as well as early poll closings. >>> former south african president, nelson mandala is recovering in a hospital in pretoria. the 94-year-old nobel laureate had gall stones removed yesterday. he was hospitalized last weekend for a lung infection, he's been keeping
his call for armed guards in every u.s. school. cnn's barbara starr tells us what he said and how people in high places of power are reacting to it. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> how many more? >> reporter: performers and artists now joining with 800 mayors calling for a plan to end gun violence. but wayne lapierre, the chief executive officer and public face of the national rifle association, made clear on nbc's "meet the press" that his organization will oppose legislation adding new restrictions to the sale of weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines. >> look, i know there's a media machine in this country that wants to blame guns every time something happensism know there's an anti-second amendment industry in this town. i know there's political leads that for 20 years always try to say it is because americans own guns. i'm telling you what i think will make people safe. and what every mom and dad will make them better, they drop their kid off at school in january is if we have a police officer in that school, a good guy. >> reporter: as the last of t
are in the midst of the season for us as christians, which is christmastime and advent, which is a holy time for us, but we also know in the midst of a season that we so often associate with joy and merriment, that it's also a season of darkness. in fact, the gospel of john tells us that the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it. i'll be preaching a message that ms pros, even in the midst of these dark times, that we know that the light of god is with us and that we can be sustained in that and that we can see that light in each other and draw from that light that is a part of our faith. >> the most important thing that we can do as a reaction to this is to thrive. i set my banquet in the presence of my enemies. the enemy is the horrible event, and the banquet is continuing or thriving in life. i lived in israel for ten years, and i saw the way that the israelis would pick up and go right to the spot where something terrible had happened, and the message was we carry on, and we will carry on. we have great schools in newtown. this was an isolated incident. this event d
from newtown. anderson cooper is right down the street. he's near the high school. he's joining us as well. anderson? >> yeah, that's right, wolf. i'm actually right right outside the high school. you see the inside of the auditorium there and really full to capacity. a lot of people still outside looking like they're letting some more people in. i'm not sure what part of the high school they'll be in. they'll probably have some overflow rooms available. we also understand the president is already inside the high school, has been meeting with the families of those who have lost loved ones and trying to offer them some comfort and listen as much as talk, i'm sure, in cases like this. often just listening to parents talk about their child, about what their child was like, sharing stories and sharing in that grief. our jessica yellin, our chief white house correspondent is also here with me. do we know what the president is going to be saying tonight? >> i'm told that he'll talk about the nation's obligations to our children. they're not getting more specific than that, but i think th
-regime sentiment. >> translator: halfaya was liberated a week ago. the regime surrounded it completely, cutting us off from the world no one was allowed in or out. even water and bread were cut off. we're able to reach an aid organization and able to obtain dough. >> reporter: he said they were able to open one of the town's bakeries around 1:00 p.m., and the rocket struck hours later. as nearby hospitals quickly filled up, activists began pleading for help. now, as more and more rebel groups promise retaliation for this attack, fears mount in syria, which has already claimed the lives of more than 40,000 people will only get worse. mohammed jamjoon, cnn, beirut. >>> to washington now, and the big question looming over the quiet capitol, is congress ready to plunge over the fiscal cliff? earlier i spoke with cnn's brianna keilar, and i asked her what might happen as the holiday week rolls out? >> well, there's one sort of last ditch effort possibility here, don, and that is when the senate reconvenes on the 27th, it's possible that either they could try to pass something and sort of force it on th
happening at sandy hook elementary school on dickerson drive. this is coming to us from one of our affiliates. police are reporting a number of injuries. the nature of the injuries at this point are unclear. we're going to be checking that throughout the morning. state police sources say that one person is dead. earlier reports of a second shooter. that has not been confirmed at this point. a few more reports, apparently the shooting was reported shortly after 9:40 a.m. this morning. police reported that a shooter was in the -- apparently in the main office. >> which is hard to tell with this image that we're looking at because that's sort of bird's-eye view of the school layout doesn't show where that is. we should mention that one of the tv stations that has been reporting on this was told by a witness that she saw two children, one with a bloody face and the other with what appeared to be a hand injury. again, that coming in to news 8, one of the local stations in the area. >> that falls in step with one of the reports that we're hearing, that a person in one of the rooms has, q
protective blankets. >> because of the lightweight nature, it could be use as a mask in a school as an emergency for protection. >> guns and ammo owner said protective gear won't stop a killer. only another gun will. >> if you knew every teacher had a gun, i think you would think differently. >> they allowed teachers to carry concealed weapons and the law has been tested, but after newtown, anything seems possible. cnn, samt lake city. >> we continue right now with brooke baldwin. >> thank you. i'm brooke baldwin. a lot to get to including the standoff over your taxes. here's what we are hearing now. there could be a vote on john boehner's fiscal cliff plan as early as this evening. this of course is president obama's threatening to veto that. we will have more for you from capitol hill and also the man expected to be the next secretary of state is the one questioning the department he could soon take over. that is happening today all in a moment. first, we begin with the blizzard blowing out of the heardland. they are putting a freeze on the rush to get home for the holidays. ta
. >> you have a rough job there. >> somebody's got to do it. >> thank you for joining us here today. joining us tomorrow at 5:00 on "early start." >>> "cnn newsroom" with carol costello now. tornadoes in the south and blizzards from arkansas to ohio. >>> do you have the right to know if your neighbor owns a gun? a newspaper in new york says yes and publishes the name of those who have gun permits. >>> christmas is over but shopping is not. if you're heading out to return the gift that wasn't exactly what you wanted, you will not be alone. >>> tom cruise may not be the ideal action hero but his love life made it into the top ten. "newsroom" starts now. girnlgs low. the day after christmas means relaxing or wracking up deals at the mall. for people in the west and the south it's cleanup after severe weather ripped through the region. waterspout was located in lake pontchartrain. parts of arkansas saw several inches of snow and snapping power lines and of course canceling flights. in mississippi the governor declared a state of emergency after at least eight counties reported damage. s
of banning or limiting guns used to kill the students and teachers at sandy hook elementary. they say the answer is deploying armed guards at schools. >> i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. it the only that i can stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> some politicians were quick to slam their proposal. >> the nra, i would say that they were tone deaf, but it's beyond that. they're just deaf. i mean, they have completely ignored, don't understand, don't grasp how deeply wounded this nation was. >> national correspondent susan candiotti joins from us new york. susan, the nra is adamant in its position and here we are talking about it today. so was this their game plan to change the focus of discussioning from gun control to school safety? >> well, good question. but of course, is one exclusive of the other? if you ban these types of weapons, if you restrict the size of magazine clips, for example, does that mean that you couldn't also require an armed officer
us. but something that inspires us to be better, to be more compassionate and more humble people. >> what he said is that he simply wanted people to be able to become more tolerant, to be more humane. he is hoping that this is going to be an event where people look not at the shooter, not at the crime itself but in trying to become better people for the greater good of society. it's really, truly remarkable, this father came here eight months ago with his family to this small community to take a job at a neonatal section of the local hospital here. he's here to try to help children get better and yet his child was lost due to gun violence. in the face of unspeakable loss, don, for him to be able to step outside of that and encourage people and to talk about these issues really is simply stunning. >> such a beautiful family in that photo and really such a composed man considering what happened. kyung lah, thank you very much for that. want to talk about victoria soto, she adored her students calling them her kids. when the shooting started, she did what she could to protect them.
. here's what he told us. >> i was leaving to work, and she woke up before i left. and i've actually been teaching her portuguese. so our last conversation was in portuguese. she told me good morning. and asked how i was doing. and i said that i was doing well. she said that she loved me and i gave her a kiss and i was out the door. as the deep pain begins to settle into our hearts, we find comfort reflecting on the incredible person that emilie was and how many lives that she was able to touch in her short time here on earth. emilie was bright, creative and very loving. my daughter emilie would be one of the first ones to be standing and giving her love and support to all those victims because that's the type of person that she is, not because of any parenting that my wife and i could have done but because those were the gifts that were given to her by her heavenly father. >> and he also said that he was very proud to be her father, that he was going to be the best father he could to his two remaining children, a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old girl, her sisters. he did also say that he want
gave himself near absolute power. >>> a former u.s. marine who spent four months in a mexican prison is free today. jon hammer was locked up in august on weapons charges. his family says he was physically abused in custody, threatened, chained to a bed and never saw a judge. u.s. lawmakers and diplomats got involved on ma'am hammer's behalf and convinced mexican authorities to release him. [ bells tolling ] >> america is pausing to remember the newtown shooting victims. church bells rang out friday exactly one week after the tragedy. flags remained at half staff. many websites even went dark. people all over the country observed a moment of silence for the 20 children and 6 educators. today there is a walk for peace in newtown, and three more children will be laid to rest. ana grace marquez-green, who lost to count and sing. josephine grace gay, who celebrated her 7th birthday. and emilie alice parker. lots of backlash for the nra for their statement friday. gabby and i are extremely disappointed by the nra's defiant suppose. they could have chosen to be a voice for the own members w
from hawaii. brianna keilar is traveling with the president. she's going to join us live. that's 25 minutes from now. >>> u.s. senator michael crapo s says he's deeply sorry for driving under the influence of alcohol. the republican who is also a mormon was pulled over, tested and arrested after running a red light early yesterday morning in virginia. he says he made a mistake and deal with whatever penalty he is given. >>> the u.s. navy seals are again mourning the loss of one of their own. a military official tells cnn that commander job price died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. price was a commander officer of seal team 4, that's the unit with more than two dozen members that operates in central afghanistan. the official says there's no indication at this point that price was under any investigation or involved in any controversies. >>> former republican senator chuck hagel has not been nominated as defense secretary, but members of his own party already signaling an uphill confirmation battle if he is. barbara star has more on in surprising backlash. good morning to you. i t
that defines us, but something that inspires us to be better, to be more compassionate and more humble people. >> a father, a family, a community in grief. their hearts are heavy. >>> good evening, everyone. from newtown, connecticut, i'm anderson cooper back for a special edition of "360" tonight. this is the small town where this crime shocked the entire nation just one day ago. police tonight are still combing through what they call every crack and crevice. those are their words, of the elementary school where a gunman shot 26 people, most of them 6 and 7-year-olds. they're also at the home of the man identified as the shooter, trying to learn any clues they can about why he did what he did, why this school in particular. president obama will be here tomorrow visiting the families of the victims, the 20 kids and the six adults killed in the school. also talking to first responders and talking at a prayer vigil tomorrow evening. we are learning more about those young victims tonight, those 12 girls and eight little boys shot dead in their classrooms. most of what we're learning is from thei
like us to have us believe. allowing them to come back in, why does any young man in america or woman, they're all men at the momentum need one of these ar-15 rifles. >> or the high capacity clips. even if we enforce it in a flawed fashion that prevents one of these massacres or prevents five deaths a year, don't we owe it to the country and the children of the country to try that? >> do you think the scale of what happened in new town means this is the tipping point? >> i think what makes it the tipping point is where it comes in the sequence and the age of the victims. >> when you're talking about kids this age, i think that's what really got to people. >> frank, good to see you. >>> after the break, we're going to remember those victims in silence. each of them by name and picture. >>> we leave you tonight with the names and photographs of the victims of the sandy hook tragedy. 20 children and six teachers who must never be forgotten. here they are. >>> sadly the days ahead won't get any better. there are many difficult days and weeks and months ahead. starting tomorrow parents wil
holiday. >>> thank you, suzanne. i'm victor blackwell in for brooke baldwin. thank you for being with us today. the president is pulling the plug on his trip to hawaii to tend to urgent matters in washington. with tax hikes looming in less than a week, he's scheduled to return to the white house tomorrow, just as a deadlocked congress reconvenes days ahead of the so-called fiscal cliff. you're just six days from feeling this. now, first hit is coming on january 1st when your take home pay will drop by 2% because of a scheduled hike in the social security payroll tax. that's just the start. income taxes are set to climb too. and you'll notice that when employer gets to around the adjusted withholding, the government spending cuts, those are also scheduled for january 1st and bound to slow the economy and some argue they'll weaken the military. congress has seen this coming, but an effort to limit the damage failed last week. republican house speaker john boehner could not persuade enough members of his party to let tax rates rise on incomes over a million dollars while sparing everyone el
? straight to the firehouse? >> straight to the firehouse. from there, we just -- >> help us around the world understand what you, as a first responder, are going through. >> sadness, anger, guilt in some aspects. >> why guilt? what could you have done? >> exactly. we were having counseling. as a group. >> can i get your first and last name? >> name's jeffrey thomas. >> jeffrey thomas. since high school. what do you make of the preeths, ju wreaths, people you don't know sending you all these wreaths to put up in town. what would you say to the people of portland, oregon? >> thank you. it makes us feel warm to know this is -- it is amazing that people that far away care about us. >> two simple words, thank you. and we have also now learned that the u.s. senate, members of the senate, have observed a moment of silence. want to take a moment here, take a look. >> i now ask that the united states senate observe a moment of silence to honor the victims of the sandy hook elementary school tragedy. >> mr. president -- >> majority leader. >> the following remarks -- >> just wanted to share that momen
unity, saw it in newtown myself this week. i want to go to my colleague poppy harlow is there for us live amidst the memorial that i know poppy is growing and growing. we saw the bells. we saw the services this morning. but just take me to newtown. what was it like there at 9:30 this morning? >> reporter: it was silent, brooke. it was still. i'm so glad you played that whole song because as we listen to that from our location and people in this town stood here at this memorial, which has grown into blocks and blocks, they all stopped and they stopped for five to ten minutes to remember those 28 lives that were lost as each bell chimed. it was a moment i'll never forget. it was a moment when the president took time also in the white house to commemorate the moment with a moment of silence of his own. people across this country, across the world, 28 governors asked people in their states to also commemorate that moment. so i think it was the one point when the entire country stood still behind the people of newtown. you know, people here woke up this morning, brooke, to a letter from t
-called fiscal cliff. so a very big moment in the nation's capital. and to walk us through what might happen we turn to jessica yellin, a chief white house correspondent. jessica, we said up front, it is a long shot, give us a best case scenario. >> reporter: the best case scenario would be that all the leaders walk out of this meeting and say they have a deal. the two senators say they can bring it to a vote, and none of their members will filibuster it. house speaker john boehner says he will bring it to the house floor for a vote before new year's eve and house minority leader nancy pelosi says she can wrangle all the democratic votes it needs to pass because you would expect a lot of house republicans to vote no, so you need almost all the house democrats to vote yes. if that sounds almost too good to be true, it probably is. >> and then they sing kumbaya. never, ever going to happen. and if it does -- >> reporter: they braid each other's hair. >> you got it. we're more likely to see that. so tell us about the role in this meeting of senator mitch mcconnell. why is he a key role to this? >>
is specifically looking to buy the ar 15, the semiautomatic rifle similar to the one used in connecticut and he is not alone. demand for the weapon here is driving $1,000 price tag. >> all the prices are really high. they're really high on these guns right now. they're not going to budget on the prices because they're going to be sold. >> are you going to buy anyway? >> i probably will. >> a recent spike in sales reported in stores across the country add emphasis so what is already a record sales year in the u.s. last year the fbi conducted a record 16 million 450,000 background checks and this year the total so far is over 16,800,000, and that doesn't include the month of december. future legislation could affect availability of certain semiautomatic weapons, features on the guns, and the magazines that hold large numbers of rounds. without specifics store president tom dietz says any gun owner could feel vulnerable. >> how it will be implemented, will the existing rifles in the marketplace be legal or would they go across the board and make everything that people have previously purchased ill
was that he talked about appealing to the american people. and obviously this is something that he's been used to doing as he's been campaigning and tried to do this on the fiscal cliff as well. he made it very clear he will be using the bully pulpit to try to persuade americans and to really sort of seize the moment of just how people have responded differently to the shooting. let me tell you, he had -- he has talked -- the white house talked and he laid out some things he would like to see in this event in the briefing room. he talked about the assault weapons ban, banning high capacity ammunition clips, closing the gun show loophole. and also you mentioned mental health, which i think is something that would be easier to push, kind of in a bipartisan fashion. the big question too is sort of what you talked about, dealing with the culture that glorifies violence. those were his words. how do you do that? that is still to be seen. >> reporter: >> what about the gun law? this is an affluent group of people. how would the white house bring the nra to the table in a very sort of high pressure t
from it, though. "newsroom" starts now. good morning to you. thank you for being with us. i'm coral costello. in f your holiday plans include traveling through the part of the country, buckle up. blizzard warnings from iowa to wisconsin, the massive storm dumped more than a foot of snow in the rockies and for the eastern half of the country be warned. it is heading your way. winter starts tomorrow but in the heartland it's already arrived with a vengeance. blizzard conditions already pounding parts of the plains and midwest. the first major snowstorm of the season dumped several inches in colorado where drivers are maneuvering dicey conditions. 156-mile stretch of interstate 70 east of denver was closed for a time on wednesday. >> i think the first thing you should think about is changing your plans for thursday. >> cnn meteorologists say wisconsin could bear the brunt of the bad weather. blizzard warnings are out for a large section of the midwest. this was downtown des moines, iowa as the snow was just starting. it could get dumped on with a foot of snow and wind gusts of up to 50
and students who are willing to talk to us. i have gotten the sense of anxiety of returning back to school today and some parents and students say they are a little nervous and scared but clearly they want to get back to seeing their friends and have that sense of community. >> sandra endo reporting for us live in front of one of the many make shift memorials that have popped up all around town. i am going to take you over to monroe, the neighboring town. it is about to become an elementary school again. i will give you a lay of the land as to how they will transform that building to make it as similar as they can to the environment that the little children left behind at sandy hook. there is this parallel bit of business and that is the criminal investigation that is massive. it is on going. and much of it focuses on that young man who perpetrated this horrible violence. so much of it they hope to get from the computer, the family computers inside the home of adam lanza and his mother. sadly, though, those computers don't appear to be in very good shape and deborah joins us from that home
are willing to talk to us. i have gotten the sense of anxiety of returning back to school today and some parents and students say they are a little nervous and scared but clearly they want to get back to seeing their friends and have that sense of community. >> sandra endo reporting for us live in front of one of the many make shift memorials that have popped up all around town. i am going to take you over to monroe, the neighboring town. it is about to become an elementary school again. i will give you a lay of the land as to how they will transform that building to make it as similar as they can to the environment that the little children left behind at sandy hook. there is this parallel bit of business and that is the criminal investigation that is massive. it is on going. and much of it focuses on that young man who perpetrated this horrible violence. so much of it they hope to get from the computer, the family computers inside the home of adam lanza and his mother. sadly, though, those computers don't appear to be in very good shape and deborah joins us from that home. give me a bit
of a greater matrix or a greater motif in the universe. >> i appreciate both of you for being with us tonight, but also just being on the stage and what you said, i thought it was extraordinarily powerful. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> wish you the best. >>> when we come back, remembering principal dawn hochsprung. i'm with her husband and children. we'll be right back. this family used capital one venture miles to come home for the holidays. that's double miles you can actually use... sadly, their brother's white christmas just got "blacked out." [ brother ] but it's the family party! really jingles your bells, doesn't it? my gift to you! the capital one venture card! for any flight, any time! that's double miles you can actually use! how illuminating. what's in your wallet? let me guess, am i on the naughty list again? ho ho ho! >>> the principal who -- god bless her lost her life. she was a very special person. and you will the parents knew that. >> the principal of sandy hook elementary was respected and admired by the teachers and parents and loved by the students as well. dawn hochspru
this, they're not being honest with you. >> i don't want to get into specifics, but help us understand, in the school, were people panicked, were they screaming, were they running? what did you see? >> it was very chaotic and very emotional, probably the best way to describe it. >> kids emotional, teachers emotional. >> everybody was emotional. >> what were they saying. >> law enforcement was pretty emotional. it was everybody. this is ake eaffected every sin person that was there, immediately. i shouldn't say immediately. very early on. it was determined that this was bad, really, really bad. >> and i also asked these two men about one moment over the last however many hours that really seared into their memories and they told me, as many people did, it was the parents, the parents friday morning, the parents waiting for their children, the children who would never come home. >> as the children were coming down the street, you know, little by little, classroom by classroom, however they were doing it, you know, all holding hands, parents were claiming their children. after a little wh
honest with you. >> i don't want to get into specifics, but help us understand, in the school, were people panicked, were they screaming, were they running? what did you see? >> it was very chaotic and very emotional, probably the best way to describe it. >> kids emotional, teachers emotional. >> everybody was emotional. >> what were they saying. >> law enforcement was pretty emotional. it was everybody. this is ake eaffected every sin person that was there, immediately. i shouldn't say immediately. very early on. it was determined that this was bad, really, really bad. >> and i also asked these two men about one moment over the last however many hours that really seared into their memories and they told me, as many people did, it was the parents, the parents friday morning, the parents waiting for their children, the children who would never come home. >> as the children were coming down the street, you know, little by little, classroom by classroom, however they were doing it, you know, all holding hands, parents were claiming their children. after a little while, once they claime
, jessica, benjamin, avielle, allison -- god has called them all home. for those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory. >> a tough thing this morning. >>> happening now in the news room, amid one man's unspeakable cruelty, tales of courage are emerging from newtown, connecticut. as shots drew nearer, teacher victoria soto threw herself between the gunman and her students. her family tells us how she should be remembered. >>> president obama comforting the families of those killed and how he remembers the love and prayers of a nation. we'll share his speech from last night's vigil. part of the speech, a call to action. president obama vowing to prevent another massacre. today gun control seems to have a tone of determination. a special edition of "newsroom" begins right now. >>> good morning to you. i'm carol costello here in atlanta. joining me shortly, don lemon. hees in newtown, connecticut. let's begin here, shall we? we'll begin with the latest at sandy hook elementary school. today the first of the funerals get under way. 6
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